The Duke and Duchess of Sussex move to Berkshire: Harry and Meghan's best bits in the county so far
PUBLISHED: 11:44 23 April 2019
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How excited are we? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are about to move to our county. Here, we bring you their best bits in Berkshire so far
Talk about having nice neighbours. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are moving to our county, proving Berkshire is THE most glamorous and best place to live.
In October, the couple announced they are expecting a baby this spring, and they have chosen to settle down to family life in grade-II listed Frogmore Cottage, in the north of the Frogmore Estate, which is half a mile south of Windsor Castle in Windsor Home Park.
The Frogmore Estate holds a special place in their hearts as it was the location for their stunning engagement photo shoot; their wedding was at nearby Windsor Castle; Harry also went to school across the river in Eton; plus their wedding reception for 200 guests was held at 17th century Frogmore House.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess' office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.”
Rumour has it £3 million has been spent on refurbishing the 19th century property and, on its imminent completion, it will be a 10-bedroom home with space for a gym and yoga studio.
Since they got engaged, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage, one of the smallest properties in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where they have been living close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Despite all the reports of sibling rivalry between the brothers and also between Kate and Meghan, they are perhaps simply moving the 20 miles distance for a quieter family life, away from the public eye.
Having said that, Frogmore House is open to the public on three charity open days each year... we'll race you to book a ticket!
The moment we all realised it was serious. In May 2017, Meghan made her debut society appearance as she watched Harry play polo at Coworth Park Polo Club, near Ascot, and the couple were caught on camera kissing in a public car park. Meghan also went to watch Harry play polo at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, when he took part in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup. The couple also attended the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park in Ascot on what would have been Diana's 57th birthday.
One night only
The couple stuck with tradition and slept at different hotels the night before their wedding. Prince Harry spent the night at luxury country resort Coworth Park, with his best man Prince William. Set in 240 acres, this Georgian manor house owned by the Dorchester Collection is five-star bliss. It's also the only hotel in the UK where guests can practise polo (Harry has played here many a time). Adam Smith, the executive chef, earned Restaurant Coworth Park its first Michelin star.
Just 45 minutes down the road, Meghan stayed at five-star country house Cliveden, set in 376 acres of Grade-I listed grounds, with her mother, Doria Ragland.
Bride and groom
They did it! They tied the knot! The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex departed Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during the procession after getting married at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018. We were either glued to our screens, or queuing in the packed streets of Berkshire to get a glimpse of the beautiful pair, wanting to celebrate and share in their happiness
Royal Ascot debut
We all remember the newlyweds joining the Queen at the first day of the Royal Ascot flat race meeting last year. Although the Duke of Sussex has been a regular at Ascot over the years, it was the Duchess' first time at the event. They presented a trophy to Frankie Dettori, who won the St James's Palace Stakes, but the true winning moment was when Harry went to shake hands with a winner, but continued to hold onto Meghan's fingers, seemingly unable to bear to let go of his new wife's hand. Aah...
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex has become Patron of the charity Smart Works, which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews, return to work and transform their lives. She has conducted visits with the charity, and this year, Smart Works hopes to dress 3,500 women across their London offices, and further bases in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle − and right here in Reading, Berkshire.
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